Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ch. 24 : Birthdays, promises and skilling

The day before their birthday, Kori masters her logic skill...

... And Johnathan is out buying new books.

Johnathan gets his cake first. 

He would APPRECIATE it if you stopped calling him Travis, Avarice.

Much better.

Kori just realized she’s going to have to impress a whole new set of teachers and make new friends! Shoot! Ah the trials of being a loner and a genius.

“Father. I have decided that my best course of action for the upcoming school year would be to attain a part-time job. Particularly one at the book store.” She leaves out the part that she’s only getting a job as an excuse to not hang out with the kids in the neighborhood after school.

Right after the party, Avarice takes the opportunity to ask Travis to be her boyfriend. 
“I don’t usually get into anything serious.” He begins. “But... okay. I like you a lot, Avi, so lets try this out.”

Johnathan is not impressed. Travis has already “dated” three of his friends from school. On a side note, Vile is currently dating the older sister of one of Johnathan’s friends... but thats not important. Just creepy.

Also creepy: Cori Landgraab has become a stalker.

Johnathan goes to clean up Roxie’s old room for Avarice and Kori, he finds Roxie’s spare guitar and decides to give it a try.

He’s got a natural talent and decides to pursue music once he’s an adult.

Thomas’s crib is in a completely different room, but the girls still wake up to his crying. They make a pact to never EVER have kids when they’re adults. 

Ella’s already done with kids, and she’s already done with skilling. Everything she touches comes out as a masterpiece. 

Matthew’s a far slower learner then his wife, so it takes him most of my young adult life to master only one skill, charisma. But master it he does.

Only minutes before a new feeling engulfs him.

OH MY GOSH WHY ARE YOU SO SEXY NOW? I mean... oh hey, purple vampire eyes are awesome.

Johnathan skips his first day of school to play guitar out in the park. He’s going to be a rockstar, school doesn’t matter anymore, right? At least thats what Avarice tells him.

To drive in JUST how creepy Vile’s new love is...
Vile and a random friend:

Vile’s girlfriend. She graduated from highschool about a week ago.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ch. 23 : Thanatophobia

Thomas is growing up so quickly. He masters the xylophone in a day but then quickly loses interest in it, despite being virtuoso. 

In a desperate attempt to make sure at least ONE of her grandchildren follow in her footsteps, Roxie throws a private, dinner-time concert to bring out the rockstar in everyone.

The girls just head straight for the fridge. But Johnathan... well, he’s amazed.

Avarice brings a boy home from school. His name is Travis Bunch, he’s Lisa Bunch and Michael Bachelor’s son (I think). 

Avarice knows  he’s kinda goofy looking, and sort of a dweeb... but he’s literally the only boy her age in the ENTIRE city who doesn’t live with her. Plus he’s so sweet.

Ella spends her days helping with homework, making sure Travis leaves before curfew, and ensuring all the kids get to bed on time.

Matthew spends his days out gathering fund donations for his bid for presidency. He’s recently been voted into the Beige House as Vice-President. It means less time at home, but he’ll make it up to the family somehow.

Roxie meets Travis at a party. He doesn’t know that Roxie and Avarice live together, so he instantly starts boasting about the number of girls he’s seeing. Roxie is not impressed.

She heads home to warn Avarice, but as soon as she gets through the door...

The kids don’t take it well.

Roxie meets death with dignity and grace. It was her time and she accepts that. She looks forward to seeing Erin and her family in the afterlife. 

Roxie’s death has left Matthew in pieces. The campaign gives Matthew time off to grieve, but Ella isn’t sure if thats a good or bad thing as the best thing for her husband right now would be a distraction.

They set Roxie’s grave in the yard across from Cori’s. Decorated it with Roxie’s favourite guitar and some gems from France.

Death is nothing new to Ella. She’s been surrounded by it ever since she was born. Death does not give her grief... it just makes her plot.

She finds Matthew in Roxie’s room. He’s just standing there looking at the walls. 
“I think... this will be a good room for Kori and Avarice. We’ll just need to change the wallpaper a bit. The boys can keep the upstairs room. What do you think?” He turns to look at her, noticing as if for the first time the saddened look on her face. “Bells?”

“Whats wrong?”
“You’re... dying. I finally understand why my father tried to turn us. I can see now how short your life is... and I can’t bear the idea of going on without you.”

“Baby, don’t be sad. Why didn’t you tell me this was so hard on you? I would gladly become a vampire if it will cheer you up. The sun means nothing to me if it means causing you pain.”

“Oh Matthew... this means the world to me.” 

“So... my wrist, right?”

Ella giggles. “No sweetie...”

“... Here.”

I mean... “Thank you, Matthew... you have no idea how much this helps my fears.”

“I told you we’d be together forever, Ella. And I never break a promise.”

Ella’s been dying to make Matthew a vampire since she was turned. It was literally her first wish after becoming a vampire. Originally I was going to have Ella leave Matthew days before he turned Elder, and have her move back in with Vile to continue his legacy of killing. As soon as I rolled a P. I. career I’d have him/her go on a search for the cause behind the disappearances in town, and have him/her track Ella down. Then she’d turn herself in/die and be buried next to Matthew in the yard. 
But then you guys just HAD to have almost ten depressing updates in a row. I couldn’t add onto that so I decided to indulge Ella’s wish and turn Matthew into a  vampire. Besides, I like these two, they deserve a happy ending. 
The part where Ella bites Matthew on the neck instead of the wrist really happened. First time I’ve seen that. Maybe because its the first time I’ve “turned” a sim post marriage. 
Oh, and not even kidding here. Travis is the ONLY male in the entire city who isn’t an adult or one of Kori’s brothers. Looks like I’m goanna have to start moving guys in...
FYI: This is Vile’s “Little shack in the mountains”.

What a jerk.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ch. 22 : Family Life

“I don’t WANT to go to school tomorrow! Avi got me a list of all the books in their library and I’ve already read them all!”

“Well the alternative to that is remaining at home and allowing mother to photograph us for her paintings.”
“You talk funny, Kori.”
“I’ve been told that before.”

For fun, Johnathan goes through his family’s bookshelves for something he hasn’t already read.

Kori plays with her dolls.

And Avarice watches horror movies.

Ella just hopes this baby will come out normal... whatever normal means. 

Matthew and Roxie take the kids out for dinner at the Bistro.

Roxie ditches part way through to play for the growing crowd.

And Ella goes into labour while the family’s away.

No way is she going through a home birth again. Not by herself, at least.

Her agent sends a limo to pick her up from the hospital. Ella’s just happy Thomas was born safe and sound. 

With four children in the house, Roxie takes the opportunity to retire so she can stay at home and help with the kids.

Matthew absolutely adores his new little boy.

To his surprise, he’s only been Mayor for a few days when he gets a call from someone in the big city, telling him that he’s being offered the job of Governor. 

“Can you believe it, Bells? I’ll be able to help so many more people this way! Who knows, maybe one day I can be in the position to make it so all sims are considered equal, no matter if they’re vampire, living, or ghost.”
Ella feigns happiness, but she’s scared that this means Matthew will never have time to be at home with her anymore. How’s she supposed to raise four children by herself? Roxie can’t live forever to help her!

“Nana Roxie convinced me that being a petty thief is sooo boring. So I’m thinking... Master Thief? And you can be the Emperor of Evil! Together we can rule the world!”

Johnathan is not impressed.
“Avi... you’re a freak.”

Kori receives an A on her second day of school, while Avarice and Johnathan are struggling to maintain a B-. Ella’s so proud.

Avarice has been with the family for only a few days before her first birthday comes. When she sees the cake Ella bought her, her eyes light up. “Dad never let me have a cake!”
Ella smiles. “I know.”
Now... what to wish for?

Hunh... her look is actually sorta perfect. 

While Ella and Matthew enjoy an early night...
“Is this a big enough family for you, Bells?”
“YES. If you try anything tonight I’ll kill you.” 

... Avarice goes to check on the baby.

Oh yeah. She’s evil.